KANSAS CITY, Mo. – WVU head coach Bob Huggins announced after the Kansas game that his team is not finished playing. Huggins essentially committed to playing in the NIT or CBI Tournament coming up.
“We’ve got more games to play,” Huggins said. “We’ll get home, have them rest for a day or so and we’ll get back at it and get ready to bring home a trophy. That’s what we do. That’s what we set our goals for every year. It’s not going to be the one we wanted, but it’s going to be a trophy worth bringing home.”
Huggins went on to say that his players still want to play.
“I think the question is if they want to play and I asked them that and they want to play,” Huggins said. “I enjoy coaching them, I enjoy representing West Virginia University and the great state of West Virginia.”
On Thursday, West Virginia was knocked out of the Big 12 Conference Tournament by Kansas, as the Mountaineers can’t earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The NIT eliminated the rule about teams needing to be over .500 to quality for the tournament. The regular season champions that don’t make the NCAA Tournament end up automatically qualifying for the tournament. WVU last competed in the CBI in 2019, losing in the second round to Coastal Carolina in Morgantown.